Officer held after smashing CPP equipment

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Lieutenant Colonel Khou Heangtong is with the Defence Ministry. Post News

Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday charged a military police officer over the destruction of a microphone and amplifier belonging to the CPP, which he allegedly smashed on Saturday because the party’s election campaign was disturbing him.

Captain Sok Piseth, a municipal military police officer, identified the accused as Lieutenant Colonel Khou Heangtong, 51, a deputy chief of staff with the Defence Ministry who was charged with intentionally causing damage and faces six months to two years in jail if convicted.

Lt Col Heangtong was arrested in Daun Penh district at about 3pm on Saturday, he added.

“He was angry because the sounds emanating from the microphones disturbed him and his family who lived nearby. He then smashed the microphones and amplifier with a stick,” Cap Piseth said. “He was soon arrested by local police.”

In another case, the court also charged two unemployed men yesterday with posing as CPP members and taking part in the election march.

They were arrested on Koh Pich at about 4pm on Saturday.

Cap Piseth identified them as Chhin Sirak, 35, and Mon Chanra, 27. They were charged with faking CPP membership in order to participate in the march and face between six months and three years in jail if convicted.

All three accused are now in Prey Sar prison awaiting trial.

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